The Hamburg (NY) teachers union has refused to agree to a deal on teacher evaluations that would give all power to the superintendent; they want an independent person to make the final judgment when a teacher appeals a bad evaluation.

Negotiations broke down when an administrator threatened that teachers would be fired if no agreement was reached.

Remember that the deal is about getting $450,000 for the district to comply with Race to the Top, which requires that teachers be evaluated by the scores of their students. New York has an evaluation plan whose own designers (AIR) have said is not ready for prime time.

By agreeing, the teachers agree to be judged by a methodology that is JUNK SCIENCE.

Be strong, Hamburg Teachers. Minimize the damage to teachers, and you protect your students and your schools against churn and demoralization.